Abydos (picture essay)


The central processional way leads west to a line of sanctuaries arranged around Amun-Ra as corner stone of Egyptian religion – the all-father all creator, of whom the other gods, including Seth are emanations

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As we enter the shrine we are greeted by Russian pilgrims, dressed in “honour of the pharaoh”. Red is the symbolic color of the god Seth, the antagonist of Osiris, whose color is green!






The path of the sun wakes the temple at dawn shining into the shrine of Amun-Ra – we can see sunlight glinting through a skylight on the westernmost wall



The celebrated “helicopter” image – although more likely badly changed inscription – if Egyptians did want to show a helicopter it would not make use of perspective –
ie the four blades of the rotor would be seen from above whilst body would be seen side on. The “tail-fin” is really the remains of the arm hieroglyph ie ayin




The Ka or “False door” – important piece of magical technology for communication between our’s and the spirit world – see ombos.co.uk for modern examples


Southern stairway to temple roof – a place much frequented by the ancient priesthood who often slept there or made astronomical observations from the roof



The corridor with its long list of kings – although Akenaten and last of the 18th dynasty have been omitted by Ramesses.


The “fetish of Abydos” – the severed head of Osiris – here covered – it is said the dreadful events happened at Abydos – perhaps even in the Osireion. The mystery of the severed head has many facets and leads us into the cult practices of the ancient followers of seth who routinely decapitated their own dead as a sign of honor. Were the followers of Osiris, who came later, showing this to prove their antiquity or did they have a genuine horror of the action?

The cartouche of Sethos (Sety I) Man of Seth – but shown in code form without the Seth animal – the knot of Isis – which has same phonetic value substituted. But this is evidence of intentional language or secret code to those that are part of Seth’s cult. The knot of Isis is often combined with important Sethian spells to protect women from miscarriage. The cartouche is a magical sign, to encircle and protect – it is itself derived from the shen hieroglyph – meaning eternity. (Thank you Mohammad for that insight)

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A corridor, remodeled in ancient times, leads westward out on the space over the enigmatic Osireion, the place where Osiris was murdered? Two scenes of a Sethian nature adorn either wall – the lassoing of the Bull –
and wild fowling in the marshes – a real activity symbolizing creating order out of chaos.


The general view of the excavated Osireion which was an underground, “hippogeum” in ancient times. Much visited by pilgrims even in classical times –
it sits on an aquifer and this is often flooded. On this day it is relatively dry.
Ancient pilgrims could visit the Osireion to encounter the oracle of daemonic Bes – their graphiti covers the walls and has never been completely published











The final destination? west across the desert, past the grave of Osiris or to this gap in the desert cliff,
said to be the entry to the underworld as described in many ancient Egyptian books of the underworld

The idea that this temple overtly dedicated to Osiris also incorporates aspects of the mythology of Seth, often in coded form, is further explored in
Tankhem: Seth & Egyptian Magick written by Mogg Morgan and published by Mandrake http://mandrake.uk.net/tankhem/

Because it is harvest time in Egypt, one cannot fail to notice little corn-dolls – similar to brideoc, etc of european tradition on sale – here is a quote from an informative blog:

“Recently, I found further reference to these corn dolls in an old, but now re-published, book, Winifred Blackman’s “The Fellahin of Upper Egypt”, first published 1927. Here she identifies identical corn dolls and shows a picture of them in use.

She writes:

“During harvest-time every available man, woman, and child is employed in the fields, but before any of the corn is cut some of the villagers go into the fields and pluck the finest ears by hand.

These are plaited into a special form, and this object, called the ‘bride of the corn’ (arūset el-kamh) is used as a charm. One may be suspended over the house-door as an antidote to the evil eye; another may be hung up in the room containing the stores of food, as a charm to ensure abundance. Many tradesmen hand such objects in their shop-windows, believing that this will bring them plenty of customers.

Again, in some parts of Egypt, the ‘bride of the corn’ is placed on the heaps of grain after the winnowing is completed, as a charm to secure a good harvest the following year. … The ‘bride’ may be left hanging until it is replaced at the next harvest, or again, it may be allowed to remain in its place until it falls to pieces.”

(pp. 171-172)

quoted in following blog

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  1. Wonderful images Mogg. I made up to three visits a year to Abydos over a period of 8 years and have noticed in your pictures the deterioration of the Osireion/Setireion. There was once another way in via the desert but that tunnel seems to have been taken over by grasses. It is still very much the Setian Temple.

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